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Food Safety During Coronavirus

Public health and food safety experts do not have any evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. The USDA provides this information pertaining to food safety during coronavirus: Q: Can I become sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) from food? A: We are not aware of any reports at ...read more

Springtime Cooking

Spring is a time of hope as nature emerges from its long winters rest. Now more than ever this symbol of hope is welcomed to all of us. Get out in your yard or garden and look for the beautiful first sprouts, buds showing themselves off ready to offer us nutrition to ...read more

Make No Bones About It

Bone broth is an economical and delicious way to add nutrition to your everyday meals. Stocks and broths are definitions used interchangeable in the home kitchen. Commercially they are very different. Stocks are not seasoned – they are meant to be neutral in flavor. Broths are seasoned so they taste good ...read more

Handmade & Heartwarming Gifts

As we wrap up the year welcoming in the holidays, the kitchen is a perfect workshop to create gifts from your hands and heart. As a former loyal 4-H member I loved the symbols of Head, Heart, Hands, Health. It was a great influence on my culinary career and has stayed ...read more

Soups On!

Fall is in full swing. With the days getting shorter and the air becoming crisper, we look to foods that comfort and warm us. We gravitate to soup. Soup is the wonderful one pot meal that is so versatile. A favorite of our students here is the Roasted Red Pepper Soup. ...read more

Time for Tomatoes

Tomatoes, like art, come in hundreds of beautiful varieties. They are versatile in cooking and highly nutritious. Harvesting Tomatoes Tomatoes can ripen on the vine but can also be picked a few days before they are perfectly ripe and ripen indoors at room temperature. Tomatoes grown for retail are picked before they ripen ...read more

Savory Sweet Corn

Summer in the Midwest is celebrated with delicious sweet corn. Sold on the corner of country roads or grown in backyard gardens, it is the iconic symbol of summer much like the watermelon. It is a staple of the midsummer table. Corn on the cob is simple to prepare and simple ...read more

Simple Summer Entertaining

Summer is when we find ourselves gathering more, around a warm fire on a cool summer night or around a grill. The act of gathering with family, friends or our community is such an important part of our wellbeing. Studies show that the more we gather in groups, the healthier we ...read more

Peas Please

Here in the Midwest, summertime is full of fresh foods. Snap peas and garden peas, which are climbing legume plants, are easy to prepare. Enjoy them cooked or raw right from the vine. The Snap Pea Peas are divided into two categories: edible pod or inedible pod. These cool season vegetables ...read more